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Re: Agenda suggestions?

  • From: Tired of the Information Superhype
  • Date: Wed Jan 25 19:55:54 1995

Vadim Antonov wrote:
>Another thing we really need from router manufacturers is
>_persistent_ static routes by default.  The current behaviour
>of one rather popular brand of routers (name witheld to protect
>the guilty) is to remove routes if the associated circuit goes
>down.  We need to change it to have packets to go to the bit
>bucket instead, and make the old behaviour be configurable
>with an explicit knob.

Hm, I would think most would want that behaviour configured in the current
way... because it makes network debugging so much easier.  Based on many
years of beating my head against various network reliability problems,
I would say that it's better to have the route go away and let the user
know about it than to throw data into the bit bucket.

Maybe we could compromise on an option to leave the route there when the
circuit goes down, for those network managers who want to receive calls
from users saying "My data went into the bit bucket" and then spend some
time to figure out that it's because the circuit went down.

-- Walt